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Yoli*:m.e 3, Number 22
The drama students' first play of the year, Nunsense , is a
big hit with students and the local community.
President of the
United States Bill
off in Wichita
Nov. 17 for the
Cessna's 21st St.
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After making it to the Valley of the Sun Bowl last year,
the Grizzlies had a down season, losing in the first
round of the Jayhawk Conference playoffs.
Mens and womens cross
country runners race for
pride and national
Levelland, Texas, at
the 1997 NJCAA
v National Cross
1997 G rizzly Staff: Justin Hayworth is the Editor. Stephanie Ross is the Managing Editor. Laura Agee, Kristy
Egbert, Karyn D. Haines, Tiffany Lewis, and Amy Train are writers; Chris Lawrie, and Tina Vinson are photographers. John Morris
and Mike Shepherd are photographers and writers. Dave Kratzer is the advisor. Butler County Community College is located at 901
S. Haverhill Rd., in El Dorado, Kan. 67042 (316) 322-3893 (316) 322-3280. Room 104. Letters to the editor are encouraged.
On the Cover, Kaylon Price breaks a tackle and gains some extra yards against Fort Scott. Photo by Justin Hayworth
When a spoiled batch of soup
sends many of the sisters of
Hoboken to meet their maker, those
remaining don't grieve in the nor-
mal way. No, these sisters have big-
ger fish to fry.
In the play Nunsense, the sisters
realize that the funeral funds for the
recently departed sisters are non-
existent, because they were spent on
a new TV and VCR.
In a panic to give their fellow sis-
ters the proper burial, they decide to
have a talent show for the commu-
nity in hopes of raising the money
The thought of nuns singing and
dancing around a stage may seem
weird but it worked for Sister Act
and it certainly worked for the
Butler County Community College
By Stephanie Ross
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j^ ying there in the chair I could tell by the look on everyone's face that
\J I had quite a look of pain displayed on my own. As needles probed
w^^in and out of my skin I was revisited by an old flashback from when
I was five, when I had to visit the doctor for a blood test where he would just
prick my index finger with a needle. That is exactly the feeling I endured. At
least to me it felt like I was being pricked over and over again just as I had so
long ago. Pain constantly stayed with me during the process, some may even
call me a wimp for thinking so, but it did hurt. However, I am proud to say
that I didn't cry, I came close but I never shed one tear. I even smiled a couple
of times as I watched the photographer trying to be creative. After an hour I
stood to examine the finished product in the mirror. My red-irritated skin sur-
rounded a multi-colored dragon with wings. Finally done, I walked out of the
parlor still glancing at the now permanent, not-going-to-rub-off-ever, tattoo
that cost me $50, a little pain and an unforgettable experience.
By Kristy Egbert
By Ella Siemers
Whether we, as a society, realize it
or not, we tend to judge people on
their first appearance. A first impres-
sion is made in the first 30 seconds
after we meet or see a person. What
does appearance say to us? It tends to
identify a person's personality, social
structure, income, abilities and capa-
bilities. It can define a person's dis-
likes, hobbies, background and
One way that people alter their
appearance is through various forms
of body modification. Techniques such
as body sculpting, piercing, scarifica-
tion and tattooing have been used.
The most common form in the United
States is tattooing.
Twenty years ago there were an
estimated 300 professional tattoo par-
lors. Today, that number has jumped
to more than 4,000. A survey conduct-
ed by the Tattoo Association of
America in 1994 estimated that one
out of three Americans have tattoos.
"Becoming tattooed is a highly
social act," writes Clinton R. Sanders,
in his book Customizing the Body: The
Art and Culture of Tattooing. "The deci-
sion to acquire a tattoo is motivated
by how the recipient defines him or
People who receive tattoos are gen-
erally influenced by the people around
them. Either everyone in their social
group had a tattoo, were getting a tat-
too or were against tattoos and the
recipient feels the need to rebel.
A tattoo artist related his under-
standing of his clients motivations to
Sanders in this way: "I do see that
many people get tattooed to find out
again... to say, 'Who was I before I got
Body art is a way that individuals
express themselves in this time and
age. Whether it be a tattoo, or a body
piercing of some sort, people are
enduring the pain and cost to
sport their individualism
What parents considered
rebellious and taboo in
their day is now main-
stream, a '90s
No matter what
their age, old or young,
people are getting tattoos
to express themselves.
Butler sophomore Chris
Shanklin has four tat-
toos on his ankles and
two on his arms. "I got
my tattoos from Rad-A-
Tat in Manhattan, and
they're the best," says
Shanklin. Among his tattoos you
could see Yosemite Sam, Mighty
Mouse and two crosses. Along with
his tattoos, he has his ears and one of
his eyebrows pierced. "It sucks hav-
ing something you want dragging
you down when looking for a job. It
is a freedom of expression; people
should not judge you on appearance
only," says Shanklin.
Butler freshman Denise Stutey
bears a tattoo of a butterfly on the
lower left side of her back. "I want to
be able to cover it up when I want to,
but also still be able to show it, so
that's why I got it on my back," says
Stutey. Stutey got her tattoo from
Shadowline in Wellington for $45. "If
you can stand a week or two of pain
and uncomfortableness, it's worth it.
It feels like a needle digging through
your skin during, and like a sunburn
Getting a tattoo
is a more drastic
way of expressing
one's self because
tattoos are com-
If you decide a week
later it was a mistake
you're stuck with it
anyway. Tattoos are pretty
costly as well, and depending on
what's desired they could run into
hundreds of dollars for more detailed
and exceptionally done ones, to $40
and $50 ones that are black and
white with little detail.
Butler sophomore JJ Kerr
has a langolier soccer ball
tattooed on his ankle
because he loves soccer.
"It cost $65, and I got
the tattoo on my
ankle so it can be cov-
ered up by my black
socks when I get older,"
says Kerr. Kerr had his
tattoo done at Ace's
High Tattoo which is locat-
ed at 16037 E. Kellogg.
Pete Dawson has been
doing the art of tattoo-
ing at Ace's High
Tattoo parlor for two
and a half years. "The
most common type of tattoo
that people get is usually little
stuff like hearts and butterflies. The
average going price is $40 minimum
for something small, and the price
goes up with size, color and detail.
The smaller tattoos usually take about
a half hour to do, and most people
think they (tattoos) feel like some-
thing between a splinter and a bee
sting," says Dawson.
Barbells and hoops decorate peo-
ples' bodies like Christmas ornaments
do trees. Piercing in the '80s was
mainly preserved for punk rockers,
but now body piercing is literally
everywhere. Metal barbells and rings
hang from eyebrows, lips, tongues,
chins, noses, nipples, ears, navels and
the now becoming very popular, geni-
Some piercings are painful while
others wouldn't even make a person
flinch. Butler sophomore Angela
Decker has her navel pierced. "I got
my navel pierced at Tiggers in
Dallas for $50," says Decker.
Some piercings are relative-
ly cheap, however, others
are quite expensive.
A normal, plain old
ear piercing usually
costs around $20
piercing and the
into this lost position?' It's almost like
a tattoo pulls you back to a certain
kind of reality about who you are as
an individual. Either that or it trans-
fers you to the next step in your life,
the next plateau. A woman will come
in and say, 'Well, I just went through a
really ugly divorce. My husband had
control of my body and now I have it
again. I want a tattoo. I want a tattoo
that says I have the courage to get
through this, that I have the courage
to take on the rest of my life. I'm
going to do what I want to do and
what I have to do to survive as a per-
son.' That's a motivation that comes
through the door a lot."
Many tattoo customers agree that
tattooing is addictive and tend to have
more than one tattoo. "I have never
seen a person get only one tattoo,"
says Rogen Handlon, co-owner of Fine
Line Tattoo, Inc. "Customers always
get at least two. If a customer comes in
for more, we try to help them choose
the tattoo and the area for the tattoo,
so it looks more planned than random.
The image selected for a tattoo has
a significant meaning to the recipient.
The meaning can relate to a person,
their self-identity, their relationship
with others or their desire to beautify
Along with the image goes the loca-
tion. According to Sanders, the vast
majority of male tattooees chose to
have their work placed on their arm.
Fifty-five percent of people in a survey
place their tattoo on their arm or
Eight-one percent of the men's tat-
toos were on their arms. The remain-
after-piercing ear care products. Ear
piercings don't hurt that much, they
mainly just feel like a pinch and then
Getting a navel pierced will cost
you a bit more than your ears.
Standard going price for a navel
piercing costs about $50. Navel pierc-
ings hurt more than others and also
take longer to heal. "It was like a real-
ly hard pinch for about ten seconds. I
think piercing is a neat way to
express yourself as long as it's not
overboard," Decker says. Butler
sophomore Angela Napier also has a
navel piercing. "It felt like nothing. I
think piercings are an expressive form
of our freedom as Americans," says
Nipple piercings are also very pop-
ular these days. Butler El Dorado
sophomore Matt Hanson has both of
his nipples pierced and a stud in one
of his ears. Hanson has a hoop in one
of his nipples and a needle through
his other nip-
just felt like
pain, but it
because I did
hurts a lot in
but they're cool looking," Hanson
says. Body piercing is also not perma-
nent. If you decide you don't like it,
just remove it and let the healing
No matter if you're getting a body
appendage pierced or a tattoo, the
first thing you should do is ask the
piercer or tattooist about their steril-
ization practices. Do they use new
equipment with each new customer?
Is their permanent equipment com-
pletely sterilized before being used on
another person? Is all of their dispos-
able equipment stored
in sealed plastic bags?
If you get answered
back with a "no" to
any of these questions,
it is probably reason-
ably safe to assume
you shouldn't get a
tattoo or be pierced at
this particular place.
"At Ace's High Tattoo
the equipment is ster-
ilized, and bags are
kept over everything
Dawson says. Also ask
to see the equipment
in sealed bags. If they
decline to show you
chances are they lied
about the sterility of it.
equipment is very
important. Too many
and even AIDS can be
spread through an
unsanitized needle or
other equipment. To
be on the safe side
take the time and ask
some questions, it
won't hurt anything.
Pete Dawson of Aces High in Andover prepares the skin
before he starts to tattoo.
der were on hip, back , face and chest.
Thirty-five percent of the females
received their first tattoo on the breast,
13 percent on the back or shoulder
and 10 percent on the hip.
The body location will affect the
price of a tattoo. A tattooist must
inspect the skin for cuts and scrapes,
spray the area with an antiseptic and
shave the hair around the area. Next, a
design must be sketched onto the skin
and an ointment should be applied
over the sketch. A tattooist has to
stretch the skin to sketch the design,
so body location may increase the
All needles should be sterilized. A
recipient should make sure that the
tattooist uses an autoclave (a heat ster-
ilization machine required by the
FDA) cleaning system. A tattooist uses
a small machine, similar to a sewing
machine, with a needlebar that holds
up to 14 needles, each in its own tube.
A tattooist should also follow the
machine with absorbent tissues to pick
up excess ink and blood.
Once the tattooist is finished, the
area should be washed with mild soap
and water and an antiseptic ointment
should be applied. A tattoo will take
seven to 10 days to heal. The tattooist
will give the recipient instructions on
care of the tattoo during the healing
A tattoo of three inches will take
approximately one hour. Larger tat-
toos can take up to three hours and
require multiple visits to the parlor.
A tattoo can cost from $30-$150 an
hour, depending on the tattoo, the
location and the artist.
Tattooing is a way of expression. It
is a way of saying, "I am unique."
& The Grizzly
Randy Smith gets some help announcing during a mens home game from womens coach Toby McCammon.
The Voice of the Grizzlies
By Tiffany Lewis
Butler's "Voice of the Grizzlies"
has already had a long haul to get
where he is today, and at the tender
age of 20, recognizes that while the
future holds much promise for him,
he still has a long way to go before he
gets where he wants to go.
Meet Randy Smith, a diehard
Philadelphia Eagles fan, and the per-
sonality behind the radio broadcast
voice that brings Grizzly sports fans
the play-by-play and color commen-
tary of all Butler basketball and foot-
ball games on 88.1, KBCC Radio. This
will be Smith's second year to broad-
cast Butler basketball, after complet-
ing his first Grizzly gridiron season.
"I hope to move on from Butler
some day, but if I were stuck doing
this the rest of my life, I would be
happy," Smith insists. "Basketball at
the community college level is great.
Football is too, because you can get
out on the road."
Randy Smith's roots in broadcast-
ing were inauspicious. When he was
eight years old, he did play-by-play
for the electronic players on his first
computer football game. "For some
strange reason I started doing play-
by-play," Smith smiles when he looks
back on it all today. "I used the com-
puter game as a tool."
As a student at Circle High School,
Smith's talents as a broadcaster began
to show, even though he was not too
interested in school at the time. But
during his junior year, his teacher
suggested that he attend the Mitch
Holthus Sportscasters' Academy at
Kansas State University. Videotaped
evidence from the academy indicates
he was enthusiastic about his work
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there, but Smith claims he wasn't too
successful. Still, he did walk away
with an award from the Voice of the
Kansas City Chiefs broadcasters
"They ripped me up there," Smith
insists, but, "they did say that I had a
lot of enthusiasm and I won the Best
When he returned to the area for
his senior year at Circle, Smith did
some public announcing work and
applied for a job as a sportscaster at a
Wichita radio station, which also
needed someone to do play-by-play
for the Thunder hockey team. He did-
n't get the job, but he went back to the
Holthus Academy in the summer of
1995 to give it another shot.
"Mitch told me that I needed to be
doing Butler County sports," Smith
remembers. "He said he would do
anything he could to help."
So, after high school, Randy Smith
enrolled at Butler and received a radio
scholarship, where the college was
just beginning to develop a Radio /TV
program. Unfortunately, Smith spent
too much time working on the radio—
and not enough time in the classroom.
He eventually lost his scholarship
after completing only six credit hours
his first semester.
"It got to the point I wasn't attend-
ing classes," Smith says. "I was
spending 30 to 40 hours a week on
the local radio station."
Randy Smith dropped out of
school for a year. An El Dorado radio
station broadcast Butler basketball
games, and Smith signed on to cover
them. All was fine until the radio sta-
I hope to move
on from Butler
some day, but if I
were stuck doing
this the rest of my
life I would be
happy. } }
tion decided to drop its coverage of
the Grizzlies in mid-season.
So the Voice of the Grizzlies talked
to Butler officials about carrying the
basketball games on the school radio
station, 88.1FM. The station was not
running at full power yet, so KBCC
only reached listeners on the El
Dorado campus. Smith didn't care.
"We begged Larry Patton (dean of
Humanities /Fine Arts) to let us do
the games on the college station,"
Smith explains. Patton agreed, and
Smith has been the official Voice of
the Grizzlies ever since.
He didn't have to apply
for the job, it was just
handed to him, he says.
"I feel very fortunate
that Butler County gave
me this job," Smith says.
"I love the intensity of
the game. I'm always
looking for the big play
and the big game. If I
never get a better job
than this, I'll be happy. I
By Amy Train
I experienced one thing I never
thought would happen to me, seeing
the President of the United States in
person. That event hap-
pened to me on Nov. 17. I
went to President Bill
Clinton's dedication of
Cessna's 21st Street
One night my mother
and I were talking about
Clinton coming to Wichita.
I jokingly said to her,
"What if I could get a
press pass and go and see
the President?" She told
me to give my brother,
who is in security at
Cessna, a call. He told me
to call the manager of
security at Cessna.
The next morning, I
gave him a call. He
informed me that all press clearance
was being processed through the
I told my mother and she thought
maybe he was just saying that. She
made a few calls checking around and
he had not been lying to me.
My mother talked to the Corporate
Communications department at
Cessna. They gave her the number to
call for the press office in the White
Later that day, Corporate
Communications faxed me an invita-
tion to the news briefing at the 21st
Street Training Center. Of course, I
attended. It was definitely a way to
get my foot in the door. Even though I
knew nothing about the training cen-
ter, I headed off to Wichita the next
morning. In the news briefing, I
learned what the training center was
all about and was impressed. Not
many programs are started in an
effort to move people off of welfare
rolls and into employment. The
trainees are guaranteed a full-
time job at Cessna upon grad-
uating from the program.
I really began to appreciate
the cause for Clinton coming
to the Air Capital City. It was
more than just, "I want to go
Clinton said it perfectly in
"The main reason I
showed up, apart from the
sheer satisfaction, is because
sometimes when I show up
things get enough publicity
that people find out what you
are doing. I don't care if they
hear what I say. I just want
everyone to see what you are
doing here in Wichita,."
While I was calling the White
House, in an attempt to receive press
clearance for the dedication, Brian
Sabaj, managing editor of The Lantern,
yelled at me informing me that Rick
Dreiling, athletic director, was on the
phone. Everyone in the background
12 The Grizzly
was telling Sabaj to shut up because I
was on the phone with the White
House. He told me that Dreiling was
more important than the White
House. Everyone just laughed.
While I was talking to the White
House, I was told I would receive a
fax of the options for set
up times. For another day,
I waited anxiously for the
news that I would be
heading to Wichita on that
Monday to see Clinton.
For the rest of the week-
end, it was almost impos- — _—
sible to concentrate at
work. The knowledge of my adven-
ture had not sunk in yet. When I
woke up on Monday morning, it was
like I was in a complete daze.
I headed off to class to take a
measly test before I headed off to
Wichita to see Clinton.
I left with plenty of time allotted in
case traffic was congested. But, I
parked with no problem whatsoever.
From there, I headed to the training
center to pick up my credentials only
to be informed I had to wait. I was
beginning to wonder if my adventure
was ever going to become a reality.
An hour later I was being frisked
and knew I was in.
Another long wait followed. Three
I still can't believe that I saw the
President of the United States, Bill
Amy Train —
dreadful hours of anxious anticipa-
tion with the rest of the crowd.
Finally, the dedication began. Once
Clinton stepped on stage, the crowd
went wild with pride knowing that
the President was here in Wichita.
My camera went into action as I
shot five roles of Clinton.
The reality of my experience never
set in until a week or so later. To this
day, I still can't believe that I, Amy
Train, saw the President of the United
States, Bill Clinton.
The experience is going to look
great for the rest of my future. I have
already sold several copies of my pic-
tures to one of the graduates who
introduced Clinton, and one to anoth-
er graduate who my mom
The head of Cessna's cor-
porate communications told
my mother that I am the
type of person who they
look for for internships. To
me, that was an offer. The
rest of my career will hope-
fully follow the success that I have
had this fall as a student at Butler
County Community college.
Seeing the President in person is an
experience that I will remember for
the rest of my life, and Butler is partly
responsible for it.
Amy Train is the sports editor for the
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By Mike Shepherd
Sometimes it's hard to ask for help.
But that shouldn't be the case if you're
not doing well in a class. Butler has a peer
tutoring program designed solely to help
students who may be struggling in a class
or may not understand a concept.
Quite possibly the best thing about it,
besides that it's free, is that the tutors want
to help. Most are education majors using
this opportunity to get "hands-on" practice
at what they want to do in the future.
"I want to be a history and geography
teacher but they needed someone to help
out with biology. I'm no science whiz, but I
do know the secrets to get you through the
class," Jim Moreland, Butler graduate, says.
And by tutoring, tutors not only help
others but they help themselves as well.
"I enjoy helping others help them-
selves," Stan Hristov, Bulgaria freshman,
says. "Through helping people, I enrich
myself, my knowledge on the subject, my
communication skills in English and final-
ly, of course, I make friends."
And it is those friendships that make
asking for help easier.
"That's why the tutoring program
works because the tutors are also students
and I think people feel less intimidated in
asking someone that is in the same situa-
tion they are," Susan Balman, peer tutor-
ing coordinator, says.
By last year's statistics, one can see that
the tutoring program is working. There
were 74 tutors at eight sites who served 1600 students in 2100 hours. In El
Dorado, there were 26 tutors who served 815 students in 1355 hours. In com-
parison, that's like teaching one three-hour class with 31 students. Though
there are no records to show students' improvement after tutoring, most
involved with the program feel that there are
many more out there who could benefit from
the tutors who don't.
"There are a lot of students who could bene-
fit from it but don't take advantage of it. It's
right in the middle of the math classrooms,
waiting for them to get help while they're here
(for class)," math instructor Melody Choate
says of the Math Enrichment Center, an annex
of the peer tutoring program located in Room
205 of the 1500 Building.
And just like there are those who could ben-
efit from tutoring who don't, there are also
those who would make great tutors who do
"I've never thought, 'Oh my gosh, I've got
too many tutors!' They're hard to find,"
Student tutors may be hard to find, but as a
rule, most instructors are available and are
willing to tutor during their office hours to
people in their classes, which increases the
overall number of people who are available to help with a question.
"I prefer tutoring to classroom teaching because I can tailor to one person's
needs or pace," Choate says.
Whether one seeks help from a peer or an instructor, one sentiment is
"I enjoy helping people help themselves," Hristov said. "That's the enjoy-
ment from this job."
Anyone wanting or needing help with a class can check a list of available
tutors in the Center for Independent Study or Math Enrichment Center for
times and locations.
A bulletin board in the Center for
Independent Study prominently dis-
plays tutor profiles, including what
classes they can help with and what
times they are available. In El Dorado
this semester, there are 14 tutors, down
from 26 last semester. "I've never
thought, 'Oh, my gosh! I've got too
many tutors'," Susan Balman says.
Butler graduate and biology
tutor Jim Moreland studies
for his U.S. History II class
in the Center for
Independent Study. Aside
from offering classes and
tutoring services, the CIS is
also a quiet place to catch up
What really goes on
By Tiffany Lewis
or many students, the transition from high school to col-
lege can be made easier by living in the dorms. It
Scan also provide a fun and interesting way for stu-
dents to get involved in campus activities and make
"Living in the dorms is a good way to get to know peo-
ple," says Missy Ek, a freshman student from Galva. "I've
made a lot of new friends since living in the dorms."
Butler provides two dorms for students, the East Dorm
and the West Dorm. The West Dorm is for men only. Each
room has two men living in it and each hall shares a show-
er room. "It's comfortable and homey," Liberal freshman
Brooke White says. "I feel safe in the dorms."
The East Dorm is a coed dorm, meaning there are
rooms for men and women. Two rooms share one bath-
room and shower. The four students who share the bath-
room are called suitemates.
"I like living in the dorms because it's close to campus,"
says Shauna Scott, a freshman from Manhattan. "All the
people who live here are cool and the rooms are nice. Dan
'The Man' McFadden is really cool."
The Dan McFadden who Scott is referring to is an adult
college employee who oversees the dorms on behalf of
Butler. He ensures that both dorms run smoothly.
By living in the dorms, students have a chance to get
involved in campus activities. Students can check the bul-
letin boards for local job openings and campus and town
"Living in the dorms is a change from being at home all
my life," says Caney freshman Erica Jones. "I like my
roommate. It's been exciting getting to know someone
.. An the dorms
Above, In the hours after classes dorm resi-
dents participate in many different activities
such as pool and ping pong.
To the left, Erica Jones colors in her dorm
room after a long day of studying hard and
16 The Grizzly
Derby Freshman Holly Call kicks
back in her dorm room to watch TV.
from Germany." El Dorado sophomore Lauri Fulks says dorm life agrees
The East Dorm provides a game room to keep students with her. "I think it's fun. People on my hall always have a
entertained. The game room has a ping-pong table, a pool good time together."
tabie and arcade games that keep stu-
dents busy on those occasional I- £ £"
Living in the dorms is also a way
for students to make new friends. The
first friend a student must make on
the Butler campus is his or her room- ^^^
mate. These two have to learn to get
along and share a limited amount of space. This reality
makes being friends more important because living with a
person you dislike can make your life miserable.
Sometimes roommates can be reassigned, but usually stu-
dents just have to learn to live with it.
"The dorms are a great place to live if you have a good
relationship with your roommate and others in your hall,"
says Teddy Salters, a sophomore from Irmo, S.C.
People down the hall can also become a student's good
friends, too. It is common to walk through the halls of the
dorms and see room doors wide open. These people are
just inviting others to come into their rooms to chat.
It sucks because you
can't drink beer in
But there can be drawbacks as well.
If a student has a problem in the
dorm, there is usually no getting away
from it. Loud and continuous noise
can be an annoying part of dorm life.
There is always something happening
in the dorms, and there is always
someone extremely loud walking
down the hall. There is nowhere a student can go to escape
the noise. Once a student becomes accustomed to dorm
life, however, the student usually copes and is much hap-
Abilene freshman Ben Faulkner has another complaint
about dorm life. "It sucks because you can't drink beer in
your room," he says.
But despite these few problems, living in the dorms can
give students a good start to adjusting to college life.
Dorm life gives students opportunities to be involved and
it can also provide a start on meeting people. It's a part of
the total college experience.
Tire Orrizacly IT
Roll on over to the Roller ena
By Laura Agee
There is no lack of talent in Melissa Downing's
family. Her children are national champions in
speed roller skating. Her
oldest daughter, Jennifer,
won the Tiny Tot division in
1989. Curtis, her 11-year old son,
won third place in 1993. Taking
lessons in perfection, Downing's
youngest daughter, Amanda, 8,
is in line to be the next national
champion in speed roller skat-
ing. At least Jennifer, Curtis, and
Amanda will never have to
worry about not having a place
to practice. The Downings own
the Rollerena on Central Street
in El Dorado.
Downing, 30, purchased the
skating rink in September of 1996. Since their children
were national champions, the Downings decided to give it
a try after they discovered the rink was for sale. Actually,
the previous owner made the Downings an offer they
couldn't refuse. The rest is history.
Originally, the skating rink
was a circular portable skating
rink that was set up in the corn
fields around the area. Its owner,
Phil Muth, moved from place to
place setting up the skating rink
where ever he went. With some
success, Muth decided to build a
permanent skating rink. In 1953,
the Rollerena was built. After
Muth built the Rollerena, he dis-
covered that he had made the
ceiling three feet too low. Rather
than rebuilding the ceiling, Muth
just left it. "The Muths built it,
the Foxs bought it from the
Muths and added six more feet
Because Butler homecoming skate night was
a real success, Downing is working with the
Student Senate to plan a college skate night
once a month.
to the floor," Downing recalls.
In September of 1996, Downing purchased the rink
"We put long hours into restoring the rink. We pulled
the floor in places and replaced most of the floor,"
Downing says. The Downings also replaced the
roof. "Suddenly, the rink started to become a real
ty for me," Downing smiles.
Looking around it wasn't hard for me to see
why. The floor, coated with special plastic, made
the floor shiny and inviting. According to
Downing, the plastic coating on the floor gives
it a certain tightness, so it is just right to skate
on without causing skaters to fall. "The floor
has to have this coating applied every six
months to a year," Downing explains. After
the opening in September, the rink had to be
closed briefly last June. "The carpet was
defective," Downing states. Now the red and
blue flowered carpet is only two months old.
Although the orange and yellow concession
booths don't match the carpet, the rink still
looks good. Downing and her husband have
worked hard. "He has a job by day and this by
night," Downing comments. No wonder neither
of them have any free time. Owning a skating
rink is a big job, as Melissa Downing has found
With these new changes, The Rollerena looks
like a new rink. Hopefully, the floor can start being
/■i> ; "
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scrubbed once a week, after Downing pur-
chases a floor scrubber. Downing also plans to
add a little color to the bare white walls. "I talked
to the guys from Chance Industries who painted
the carousel horses for the Carousel skating rink,
but at the time I wasn't sure what I really want-
ed or how much I wanted to spend,"
Still, Downing is unsure if the rink will
remain in her family "My daughter says
she wants it, but I don't know. She is
only 14, and I'm sure she will
change her mind in 10 years,"
Downing says. For now,
1 "//! Downing is focusing on skat-
ing lessons, school skating par-
I ties, birthday parties and skating times for home-
schoolers. The last few weeks have been real busy
for Downing. "We have had close to 100 people for
the Friday and Saturday night sessions," Downing
says. There is only one minor setback to having that
many people at one time. "It gets pretty hot in here
without an air conditioner," Downing chuckles.
It' s renovated
. . . and ready
OK, this we know about the Butler County mens
basketball team: They won't start the season 16-0.
This we don't know: When will freshman
Kevin Robinson and Jamar Gaither return?
This we know: Tyrone Brown really has some
ups... doesn't he?
This we don't know: Will Butler County be heading to
Hutchinson for the national tournament in March?
As the Grizzlies start the season 7-3, questions abound
about this year's team as compared to last season's. With
14 new freshmen added to the squad and only two sopho-
mores returning, Butler was predicted fourth in the
NJCAA preseason poll. This is the highest a Butler team
has been ranked. Yes, all this with only two sophomores.
Although the team has gotten off to a slow start, coach
Steve Eck feels better about this team than the 29-5 team of
last season. Perhaps that's because it's officially his team.
After Randy Smithson accepted the Wichita State position,
Eck took over here at Butler County with Smithson's
recruits. Now in full control, Eck is doing things his way.
In the past, the Grizzlies have relied on local talent at
the point guard position. But this year, the Grizzlies decid-
ed to go looking out-of-state. Huntsville, Ala., freshman
Tony Jackson emerges from the talent hunt. Freshmen do
make mistakes, and Jackson is still learning, but when he
drains the shots, opponents have a hard time stopping the
leak. Jackson burned Coffey ville, going 7 of 7 from three-
point land, with 31 points. Leavenworth freshman Jason
Fullen is another point guard who can shoot the rock as
well. With Fullen and Jackson, expect the long bombs as
the rest of their "game" continues to progress.
Returning Augusta sophomore guard Lucas Sims was
injured for most of last year. He certainly didn't show it.
Participating in 31 games, Sims' free-throw shooting was
Exactly what do we know ahoir
Antonio Jackson looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to in the Grizzlies game against Allen County in their second game
of the KJCCC Shoot Out in Coffeyville. The Grizzlies beat Allen County and Fort Scott in their only two games at the Shoot Out.
20 TTlxe Grizzly
tops on the 1996-97 team. Barring injury, Sims will contin-
ue to start at the off guard position. Backing him will be
Frankfort freshman Matt Suther, who, on paper, resembles
Sims. The 1-A Player of the Year will be a key off the
With Grizzlies' lack of depth in the post, more guards
will take the floor, which will suit Wichita freshman
Tolanda Charles just fine. Charles has started all 10 games
this season and is an asset on the floor defensively.
Another guard in the mix is Andale freshman Jarod Eck.
Both Eck and Charles are no strangers to Steve Eck's phi-
losophy. Charles is a former South High player, while Eck
is a nephew of coach Eck.
The forward spot shows the athleticism of the team.
Wichita sophomore Tyrone Brown and New Orleans, La.,
freshman Damon Barnett showcase themselves as they
dazzle audiences with unbelievable dunks. Brown, who
one. Winning the
West will make a
big statement to
others in the
Conference, for the
West has been
dominant at the
Region VI tourna-
the '90s. As soon
as Robinson and
Gaither return, the
post position will
be stronger. The
team is young, but
will gain more
his years UrlzzIIes 7
suffered a broken nose against Phoenix College the first
night of the Thanksgiving Classic, returned the next night
and sparked the Grizzlies with 26 points. Barnett, in place
of Brown, had 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace Butler
County to victory over Phoenix College.
The post position is a spot that's hurting with
Mitchell ville, Md., freshman Kevin Robinson and
Greenbelt, Md., freshman Jamar Gaither out with injuries.
All- America Lee Nailon has moved on to TCU and has left
Robinson and Gaither to fill the shoes. How big are this
two to Butler County? The team is 2-3 when either is out
of the lineup. Their return could be sometime after
Christmas. Leavenworth freshman Neil Chadderdon and
Augusta freshman Todd Kappelmann have taken their
place in the paint to fill the void. Augusta, Ga., freshman
William Gates has also seen time at the five spot, at times
being the tallest player on the court at six-foot-six.
The Grizzlies haven't had the easiest of schedules,
either. Mineral Area College was Butler's opening night
opponent, while Mesa handed one of the three losses to
the Grizzlies over Thanksgiving. Both were ranked in the
preseason NJCAA poll. The road gets tougher for Butler
County, who will face undefeated Jayhawk West rivals
Seward and Hutchinson. Barton County is favored in the
West, and has been ranked seventh on the NJCAA polls.
The Grizzlies, however, are predicted to finish first in the
Jayhawk West by the Wichita Eagle and other conference
This we know: If Butler is to travel to Hutchinson for
the national tournmanent, the road there will be a rough
Grizzlies might not
equal a 29-5 record
this year, but at
least someone feels
this year's team
and the road
By Randy Smith
Lucas Sims, one of only two returning
members of last year's team, goes up for
a shot in a game against Brown Mackie.
Tyrone Brown, one of two returning members of last year's
team, tries to drive around an Allen Country defender.
Kesha Walker tries to steal the ball from Allen County's point
guard in the KJCCC Shoot Out in Coffeyville.
Double-double seems to be the theme for the Lady
Grizzlies this season— in a positive and a negative way.
Four of the first five games not only resulted in victories,
but an individual player earned a double-double in each
game, scoring double digits in points and
rebounds. In an 86-42 victory over Brown
Mackie, two Lady Grizzlies had double-dou-
bles; one with points and
rebounds, the other with
points and assists. That is the
The other double-double is with
injuries. That is the bad news. Wichita
freshman Kesha Walker has just returned
from a stress fracture, but St. Francis
sophomore Carrie Duquette recently went
down with a knee injury and is lost for the season. A lack
of depth has hurt the Lady Grizzlies and could put a dent
in their record as they hit the stronger portion of their
schedule. Obviously, womens head coach Toby
McCammon would love
more of the positives.
The Lady Grizzlies
brought back two post play-
ers from last year's squad.
Santa Fe Springs sopho-
more Maria Camacho and
Duquette are the only
returning players back this
year. They have touted the
freshman class as Butler's
best ever and the Wichita
area has helped by provid-
ing three players: Kristy
Tabor (Campus), Danielle
Belin (North), and Walker
Other in-state players are
Oxford freshman Shelly
Bartelson, Eureka freshman
Stacey Hart, and Council
Grove freshman Angela
Picolet. Two out-of-state
players join the Lady
Grizzlies: Kansas City fresh-
man Toni Herriford and
Columbia, S.C., freshman
22 The Grizzly
Herriford and Davis have been taking turns at running
the point guard in Walker's absence. Herriford is deadly
from three-point range and has excellent ball-handling
skills. Davis is quick and can hurt opponents defensively.
Both can also play the off-guard position as well, and have
been found on the court at the same time. Walker, the
shortest player on the team at 5-foot-4, has been a vocal
force on the bench. Now she will get her chance to be a
vocal leader on the court as well. With Walker's return, the
three guards will get a pleasant mix of shooting and
Along with the scoring of Herriford and Davis, watch
for Kristy Tabor to have some big games in the point col-
umn as well. Tabor, in her first game, had a double-dou-
ble. She is versatile and can play forward or guard.
Another player to look for at the wing spot is Bartelson,
who is quick to the ball and provides a mixture of defense
With Duquette out, Hart and Picolet, along with
Camacho, will attempt to fill the void. Hart, the most con-
sistent Lady Grizzly on the stat sheet, will be a physical
force inside. Picolet gives the Lady Grizzlies a good mix in
her minutes off the bench with shot range and ball-han-
dling skills. Camacho, standing at 6-foot-2, can create
offensive and defensive production inside the paint and is
one of the best free-throw shooters on the team. The Lady
Grizzlies missed Duquette's inside play; the 6-foot-2
sophomore led the team in rebounds.
The 5-4 Lady Grizzlies have faced prime competition to
gear up for play against Jayhawk West foes in January.
Butler County suffered back-to-back losses against
Coffeyville, this year's predicted Jayhawk East champion,
and Cowley County. Over Thanksgiving break, the team
split a pair of games in the Barton County Thanksgiving
Classic; the loss coming to Kansas City, the defending
Jayhawk Conference champion.
Now with McCammon's team at full strength, the Lady
Grizzlies will have the potential to be a factor in the
Jayhawk West. Keeping healthy is a strong key for Grizzly
success, for they have only nine players on the roster. If
the stat sheet keeps showing double-doubles, this is a
team that could be in the thick of things at the end of the
By Randy Smith
Maria Camacho and Angela Picolet fight to get the ball away
from an Allen County offensive player.
i_* : v ' Toni Herriford passes
the ball around a
Women runners come a long waj
the finish line
at the Isom
By Amy Train
The womens cross country team has come a long
ways from the first day of practice. The team sent ont
runner to nationals in Levelland, Texas and finished
fifth overall in conference standings.
More than a few runners suffered from injuries or
illness during the season, however, the women took
fourth at the Hurricane Festival in Tulsa to open the
"We ran against all universities, with Butler being
the only junior college," says Wichita sophomore
Christa Gerdes, who placed 21st at the meet. "The res
of the girls did really well, even though we did not
know what to expect. It was a pretty intense meet^n|
we showed a lot of promise."
At the Baker Invitational, the Lady Grizzlie|
ished fourth out of nine teams in their first 5K ;
the season. Gerdes finished 15th and Oxford sot
more Kasey Sawyer finished 21 st.
"We ran really well for our first five kilometers,
especially since the weather conditions were rainy an
cold," says Towanda freshman Brenda Sommers.
Sawyer finished 11th in the Isom Invitational held
at Butler during homecoming. Sommers finished 18th
and Gerdes 20th. At the Hays meet both Gerdes and
Sawyer broke personal bests for the season.
The women placed fifth at Regionals that were hel<
at Butler. The women barely missed an at-large bid to
go to nationals. Sawyer was the only runner to
advance to the national meet. She finished 51st.
24 The Grriatacly
Candy Parks and
look for runners to
pass at the Isom
Another top three finish for the Grizzlies
Noah Lagat runs with the lead pack after the third mile
at the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships
in Levelland, Texas. Lagat finished second in the race.
By Amy Train
Cross country men enjoyed
another successful year, captur-
ing third in the national cross
country meet to close out the
The Grizzlies stepped foot
on their first competitive
course in Tulsa for the
Hurricane Festival. The men
came out on top with first
place against the NCAA's
number one ranked
Razorbacks from Arkansas.
Butler was the only college
to beat Arkansas, a team with
the possibility to take the
The men lost Kenya fresh-
man Elijah Kitur before
Butler's first home meet. Kitur
left to turn professional and
make some money for his run-
Butler still ran for a first
place finish in the Isom
Invitational without Kitur, but
they were set back in
Levelland, Texas when the men
faced competition at the
At regionals, Butler had
secured a first place finish to
move on to nationals.
Kenya sophomore Noah
Lagat remained Butler's top
runner throughout the season.
He consistently finished first
with only a few defeats in his
path. He came in second by
mere seconds at nationals.
Lagat broke many records and
maintained his own.
Butler finished second to
only one team in their season.
They lost to Michigan by only
The weather made a turn for
the worse as the Grizzlies
headed to Texas in November
for nationals. The men ran
through snow, ice and 20-
degree weather conditions.
One of the Butler runners
from Kenya had never even
seen snow before. But the
Butler runners still managed to
come away with third. Butler
aches Rick Neubauer, Deb
lurneden and Fred Torneden
atch and cheer as the Butler
runners get close. .
had three runners place in the top
Lagat finished third, Wales
sophomore Colin Jones, sixth, and
England sophomore Danny
McCormack, 10th. Eliud Kipkemei,
Kenya freshman, was one of
Butler's top runners, but fell ill at
nationals and had a disappointing
53rd place finish.
The Grizzlies won nationals in
1995 and were runners-up last fall.
"There are a lot of teams who
would love to be in our position,"
head coach Fred Torneden says.
"It is all relative. In the last two
years in track and cross country, we
have won one championship tro-
phy, one runner-up trophy and
three third place trophies. That, in
Top photo, Paul Cross and Keith
Wellman try to pull away from the
runner behind them.
Bottom photo, Noah Lagat leads a pack
of runners at the Isom Invitational in
El Dorado. Lagat and the Grizzlies
won the meet.
250 Tlie Grizzly
itself, is quite a feat."
"The hardest thing for me is to know
that in September I had the five athletes to
win this meet (nationals)," Torneden says.
"You think of what might have been if our
top freshman, Elijah, doesn't skip out in
mid-season to race professionally or if
Eliud doesn't wake up sick the morning of
the race. It is the would haves, could haves
and should haves that drive coaches crazy
Keith Wellman is helped through the finish-
ing chute at the end of the NJCAA National
Cross Country Championships in Levelland,
Texas. Butler finished third as a team.
Jerrod Hottman tries to hold off a Hutch
runner at the finish of the Isom Invitational.
By Amy Train
Oxford sophomore Kasey
Sawyer accomplished a feat that
the rest of the women's cross
country team missed out on, run-
ning at nationals.
Sawyer finished 51st and beat
her personal best time by 30 sec-
onds, in 20:27 despite the snow
Sawyer has finished any where
from 11th place in a home meet to
51st at nationals. She has
remained one of Butler's top
women runners since the first day
"Our coaching staff is so happy
with how Kasey is improving
with each competition," head
coach Fred Torneden says.
In the top photo, Kasey Sawyer sprints
to the finish of her 3.1 mile race.
In the bottom photo, Sawyer tries to
move her way up in a pack of run-
ners at the half way point in the
Tl*e Grx-iat^ry 27
On the left, diving to dig the
ball, Kim Heaton helps set
up the offense.
Above, Diantha Dewitt stretches
to help ensure that she will
block her opponent's shot
during one of the Grizzlies
Can you dig it?
By Amy Train
Lady Grizzly volleyball came up just a little short in the
1997 season. The ladies came out with a 24-24-2 record.
Expectations of a season turn-around from the 1996, 12-40,
season became reality. The ladies struggled and ended the
season with the loss of head coach Dave SI ay ton, who said
he resigned so he could spend more time with his family.
The ladies headed to Hutchinson for their first competi-
tion and came out of the tournament with a third. They
just barely missed, moving on to the championship round
due to losses against the two teams that did advance.
Butler came out 4-2 for the tournament.
The highlight of the ladies season was their first place
victory in the Hesston tournament.
"It was the best we played all year," Slayton says. "The
girls finally put it all together. I tried a new line-up and
found set people. This made a little change. The girls got
hungry and wanted to win."
"We worked together more as a team, including players
on and off the court," Augusta sophomore Jill Valkenaar
says. "We actually had fun playing."
Slayton submitted his letter of resignation halfway
through the season with the reason of needing more time
to dedicate to family and work.
However, at the end of the season, Slayton told the
whole story, that he was leaving the big happy Grizzly
family because of complaints about how gender equity
issues were handled by Butler's athletic department.
"My desire is to coach, but my need was to resign,"
Slayton says. "I feel like I have given it everything I've
got, but only on a part-time basis. The girls have always
gotten the short end of the stick."
Brian Hallmark, an assistant coach for Augusta High,
will be stepping into Slayton's position next summer.
28 The Grizzly
To the Left, Tricia
Ball looks for
the perfect spot
to spike the
To the right,
the ball in
with the Hutch
passes the ball
to the front row.
Corey Harris escapes the grip of an
Independence defender while running for
a first down in the Grizzlies first round
playoff loss to the Pirates.
30 TKe Grriza^ry
An Independence running back is
wrapped up and tackled by a
Grizzly defender in the first round
of the Jayhawk Conference playoffs.
Football fortunes fall
Grizzly football had key losses in
the second half of the season that cost
the team the chance to move on past
the first round of the conference play-
offs. Butler football came out strong
against No. 2-ranked Garden City and
led the game in the first quarter 14-0.
The second half became an entirely
different story when the Broncbusters
went on to beat the Grizzlies 56-32.
"It was disappointing to lose, but it
was a different kind of disappoint-
ment than in the past," head coach
James Shibest says. "The kids played
Butler handed Highland a 30-13
loss in the fall homecoming game
despite rainy and cold conditions.
The Grizzlies went on to a huge
victory with a shut out against Dodge
"Shut outs are hard to come by,"
Shibest says. "The team came ready
to play, unlike a lot of times in the
past. We knew it was an important
game and played like it was."
Unfortunately, Butler suffered an
important loss to the Independence
Pirates in the first round of the
Jayhawk Conference playoffs.
"It was obvious that one team came
ready to play and the other didn't,"
Shibest says. "We missed an opportu-
nity to come out and score 21 points
which might have helped in the out-
come of the game."
Butler ended the season with a los-
ing record of 4-5. The Grizzlies had a
turn for the worse from its 7-4 victory
and Valley of the Sun Bowl appear-
ance last year.
Butler is looking forward to next
year, new opportunities and a whole
new season to make up for its losing
"We have a great freshman pool,"
Shibest says. "We are ready to focus
on recruiting. Now, we just need to
find those who know what football
really means and build from there."
By Amy Train
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